Review: Rukka Armas Jacket and Pants

Dec 09, 2013 View Comments by

Review: Rukka Armas Jacket and PantsI first saw this combo on Uwe Krauss (world traveler extraordinaire and guide for some of our European tours) while on the Grand Alps tour in June 2013. It impressed me that he wore it during a bitter rain shower near St. Moritz without getting wet or cold. Almost all four-season suits claim to be waterproof, but very few are. The Armas seems to be one of the exceptions.

The GORE LOCKOUT toothless zipper system, designed by GORE-TEX, won’t let a drop of water through. At first, lining up the channeled tracks to pull up the metal slider takes some getting used to, but by the end of the day it already feels second nature. The shell is made with GORE-TEX Pro and features a detachable collar and cuffs. Another high-tech fabric incorporated is Armacor, a combination of Kevlar and Cordura that won’t tear and shields against the elements. Lastly, GTX Superfabric reinforcements and RVP Air Protectors at the shoulders and elbows provide extra protection. Some jackets make you buy the back pad separately, but fortunately, Rukka includes it right away. Safety first is a good policy.

The removable thermal liner is worth mentioning as it uses Outlast microcapsules that store the body’s heat and release it back as needed. I don’t know how this actually works (and wouldn’t want to), but I know that I never got cold while riding at near 32 degrees. That’s very rare in a motorcycle jacket. Although this suit is the perfect candidate for mild to cold temperature riding, it also performs well during the warm months.

There are four pockets on the outside and three on the inside. Although I opted for the black color, reflective accents on the shoulder and back ensured that fellow motorists saw me. This jacket looks very stylish, is comfortable to wear, protects against the elements and possible crashes (haven’t tried the latter, thankfully), and is by far one of the two best ensembles I’ve tested this year. REV’IT!’s Defender GTX is the other.

The pants feature the same high-tech fabrics. Suspenders are included, and the front has a zipper as well as Velcro closures on both sides. This eliminates the button and makes it infinitely more comfortable to wear, especially while in the saddle. An anti-slip seat pad provides grip for extra safety, especially when wet. They come with a five-year warranty, too.

Rukka Armas Jacket and Pants
Jacket: $1,299
Colors: black/black, black/grey, black/red, black/blue, black/yellow
Sizes: 46-60

Pants: $899
Colors: black/black
Sizes: 46-60 (short, regular, and tall)


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